Friday, 11 May 2012

Spring Obsession: Studs and Tie-dye

If someone had told me this time last year that in May 2012 I'd be obsessed with everything heavily studded and tie-dyed, I definitely wouldn't have believed them. SS12's key looks are featuring the above in a serious way: influenced by grunge looks of the 90s and the hippy 70s, colliding with the ice-cream pastels and embellished denims of the present year, the high street has fallen for studs and tie-dye in a big way. And so have I.

Vintage is a great way to tap into the trend with a few statement pieces (try ASOS marketplace for studded denim and a never-ending supply of tie-dyed tees) but if you want a quick fix you have an endless amount of choice on the high street:

(From left to right)
Sweatshirt, Urban Outfitters, £45
Boots, Missguided, £54.99
Cropped sweatshirt, Topshop, £34
Bracelet, ASOS, £8
Collar, Freedom at Topshop, £30
T-shirt, River Island, £12
Skirt, River Island, £20
Slippers, Zara, £25.99
Hi-tops, Urban Outfitters, £38
Headband, Topshop, £8.50
Top, Miss Selfridge, £39.99
Maxi dress, Topshop, £42
Denim shorts, River Island, £35
Bag, Zara, £39.99
Denim shirt, Missguided, £24.99
Fringed bag, Urban Outfitters, now £45

You don't have to go all out in a Versace-esque studded leather dress or top-to-toe tie-dyes (the latter look doesn't tend to work outside of festivals), you can buy into the look with a tie-dye bag paired with a monochrome outfit or a pair of studded flats with skinny jeans and a t-shirt. My personal favourites are studded collar/cuff white shirts with a pair of lightly tie-dyed denim shorts. The shirt makes it a clean look and the tie-dye denim adds the bit of colour we could all use during rainy British Springtime.